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Through The Ashes Of Empires [CD]

Machine Head Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B0000D96NW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Imperium
2. Bite The Bullet
3. Left Unfinished
4. Elegy
5. In The Presence Of My Enemies
6. Days Turn Blue To Gray
7. Vim
8. All Falls Down
9. Wipe The Tears
10. Descend The Shades Of Night

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With Through the Ashes of Empires, Machine Head appear to be taking stock, looking backwards and forwards. Before this, using scratching, samplers and bewildering distortion, Machine Head strove to rise above the ferociously rocking pack inspired by their 1994 debut, Burn My Eyes. Yet in much of the first half of this album they return to the churning, multi-faceted metal of their early years, as if attempting to rediscover their former flaming spirit. It's not that it's not aggressive--"Bite the Bullet" and "Left Unfinished" are really quite fearsome--just that it's lacking the furious innovation we've come to expect.

Thankfully, this situation changes. "Days Turn Blue to Gray" features what ought to be a crushing riff that's instead hushed and made to back a pastoral interlude. "All Falls Down" veers from crunching metal to melancholy folk, singer Rob Flynn weirdly employing all the seductive softness of INXS's "Need You Tonight" while threatening strangulation and worse. The tough talkover of "Wipe the Tears" and the sub-classical guitar-fest of "Descend the Shades of Night" bring the album to a glorious conclusion. Machine Head still burn brightly, and Flynn, in discussing the birth-parents who discarded him, takes his rage to new levels. You'd think he'd be over it by now. Be glad he isn't. --Dominic Wills

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy as hell 4 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
The two words i would use to describe this album are heavy and melodic. Every song is heavy and melodic and usually well paced. Some songs have fast as hell parts on them. If you liked the older machine head because of intensity and you like the new machine head because of melodic-eness then you should buy this because its great. 10/10!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt, the album of 2003 19 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Simply stunning, a metalheads dream come true.
Imperium, one of the finest songs to ever grace a metal lovers CD player. My friend let me listen to this one song, and it simply blew me away and I went out to buy the album the next day. The build up in this song is simply incredible and then the roar from Rob Flynn signalling the return of brutal Machine Head. I would give the album 5 stars even if Imperium was the only good track on it and the rest of it sucked. However the rest of teh album is far from crap. It is simply stunning. From the incredible choruses, brutal guitar riffs and astounding drumming this album is metal perfection. The final track on this album, the semi acoutic, Descend the Shades of Night is remarkable. From slow acoustic chords being played a unbelievable outpouring of emotion near the end of the song from Rob Flynn takes place.
Trust me, you like metal, buy this, you will not be disappointed. Machine Head seem to be the only band in 2003 that returned to their 'old' roots and succeeded with flying colours. Metallica and St. Anger by far the most disappointing album I ahve ever heard, don't get me wrong I like it, but even after 8 months I can't compare it to any of their old albums, even Load. Korn, yes Take A Look In the Mirror was a triumphant return and was simply the heaviest beats to come out of them in a while, it lacked....... the directiona and emotion of their first attempt. Both these classic bands should take a page out of Machine Head's book for their next records.
Machine Head, they rule, yes they do, they are truly the Kings of Metal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Machine head e.g Gods of Metal 1 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
Machine Head have done it again. Through the ashes of empires has got to be their best work since Burn my eyes if not better. This band are pioneers of the way metal should be and are constantly pushing the bench mark in the music industry. They give you a blend of all out heavy riffing and crazy double bass like Vim or Imperium to melodic master pieces like Descend the shades of night. I feel that people can easily relate to this album and this band as there songs are so meaningfull and honest, i personally deeply relate to Wipe the tears because of what i have been through and im sure other people respond the same to this or any of the other songs on the album. This album is the best investment i have every made and once you buy this i garranty you'll feel the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great return to form 11 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
After the Nu-Metalish 'Supercharger', I did not hold out too much hope in this new Machine Head album, but they seem to have found a new burst of energy and heaviness for this release. 'Imperium' gets the album off to a great start. The crushing wall of guitar sound is here, as heavy as they have ever been, but with a lot of intricate little lead lines and harmonics. The song stuctures are more complex this time aswell. But the riffs stand out and are as good as they have ever been on any Machine Head album. Hi-lights are 'Left Unfinished', In The Presence Of My Enemies' and 'Vim'. All are classic Machine Head. 'Bite The Bullet' and 'All Falls Down' have shades of Supercharger (the album) in them, but are still strong efforts. The album closes with the longest song on the album, 'Decend The Shades Of Night'. Clocking in at 7 and a half mins long, it starts with (gasp) a classical accoustic part and then builds up, getting heavier all the time. This track has some of the best guitar work on the entire album, amazing solo's, and then fades out with the classical accoustic riff. Long term fans will already have bought this album, but if you are new to Machine Head and love heavy, but melodic music then look no further. Great Stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the Ashes of the Best Album Ever Made 7 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
Eyyyyyyy! I got the cd, put it on, turned up the volume and was blown away. I'd read in places like the roadrunner uk and machine head websties that this was a good album, but i thought it was just hype. It really is one the best albums out there. The first song Imperium does the job of getting you hooked. It starts with some quiet clean guitars then Machine Head kick in with crazy drums and some of the best guitar riffs we've heard from them yet. The rest of the album follows this pattern and if you liked Burn My Eyes or The More Things Change, your gonna love this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Improvment 7 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
This new album from Machine Head is a big improvement from their other albums and is a good follow up from Supercharger. This album can be heavy with all the guitars thrashing away but there is more melody and singing in this album. Machine Head fans will love this album and the band, show us again that they are still great writers and performers. Their UK tour, which finished this month, has proven that they are still a great band. This album is a great gift for a big fan at Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Machine Head are Back!! 6 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
The album really does have everything you could want from a metal album - grinding riffs, inexplicable fast drumming, aggressive vocals, melody, mellow tracks... It is Machine Heads attempt at re-establishing themeselves at the top of the pile and my word what a statement it is. The explosive opening track 'imperium', 6 minutes of genius, is utterly jaw dropping with enough guitar changes to make you weep; 'Turns blue to grey' is an emotionally draining song about Mr Flynn's past that hits you like a freight train; and finally 'decend the sahdes of night' an atmospheric masterpiece that gracefully encapsulates what the whole album is about. wow wow wow
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Brilliant machine head album! imperium and days turn blue to grey are my favourites but they are all good, a very good album! 5 stars.
Published 10 months ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hear Me Now!!
This is the much needed return to form for Machine head after the previous supercharger which consisted of mainly Nu-Metal throughout which is good if your looking for a limp... Read more
Published 18 months ago by RuairidhMc92
5.0 out of 5 stars Machine Head - Through The Ashes Of Empires
Machine Head's fifth studio album Through The Ashes Of Empires was released in 2003 to a mixture of praise from some fans and suspicion from others. Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing
The track listing for this item is incorrect, there's a song missing.
Here's the correct track listing:

01. Imperium
02. Bite The Bullet
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Published on 3 Mar 2010 by Mr. J. Bentham
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!
Through the Ashes of Empires is an awesome album, the previous album was a bit of a disappointment but this is Machine Head back to their best.
Published on 1 Dec 2009 by Ms. S. Mahony
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Much better than Burn My Eyes. A truly stunning CD with powerful vocals and a simplistic approach to metal. Read more
Published on 30 May 2007 by Bod
4.0 out of 5 stars intensely dark, stunningly powerful
i'm not always a heavy metal fan and seem to be one of the few people who loved 'the burning red', but whatever type of metal you usually listen to, buy this album. Read more
Published on 17 April 2007 by me
5.0 out of 5 stars 5stars +..............
......5stars + if u get the version with 'seasons wither' on it. basically in my opinion this is the best metal album to come out in a long time. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2007 by Mr. C. A. Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars stunning release
machine head epitomise metal,i would be lying if i said they always have as the albums 'the burning red' and 'supercharger' didnt rock and rip like the classic... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2006 by sean paul mccann
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly 5 stars, 4.5 maybe
This is a very good metal album, especially when comparing it to alot of other metal bands around, but Machine Head have still not managed to find the same heaviness, ferocity or... Read more
Published on 14 July 2005
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